Our Unpaid Work Bias is Holding Back our Female Entrepreneurs

The untapped economic potential of female entrepreneurship represents a potential £1bn annual boost to the UK economy (Royal Bank of Scotland, 2017) and 150,000 additional new starts a year (Prowess Women in Business, 2018). It is widely reported women entrepreneurs often face more barriers to enterprise than their male counterparts. Data on gender difference within entrepreneurship …

Raising Investment, Is It Harder for Female Entrepreneurs?

Headlines on the rise of female entrepreneurs suggest that the entrepreneurial arena is leading the way in promoting gender equality, however major barriers remain.  This report explores the obstacles women face when securing investment to start-up or grow their business. Entrepreneurialism in the UK has risen far faster among women than men in the past decade. …

PNE Enterprise Supports the Next Generation of Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Have a business idea that will help to create a more sustainable world? PNE Enterprise, part of PNE Group, is supporting the next generation of sustainable entrepreneurs through its recently-launched Sustainable Start-up Award. The scheme, open to individuals aged 18-30 and living within Tyne and Wear, is providing a unique offer of financial aid, supplying …

Lessons to Learn before Launching a Business

    Charlotte Parker is the Project Co-ordinator of Shell LiveWIRE UK, Shell’s flagship social investment programme, which supports young entrepreneurial talent in the UK to develop and grow. As Project Co-ordinator, Charlotte works closely with entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors with their applications for Shell LiveWIRE’s Smarter Future Award which grants one young …

PNE Group Publish North East Enterprise Report

PNE Group are pleased to announce the publication of our latest industry report, Unlocking the North East Productivity Puzzle: An Enterprise Solution. Part of our publication series, Unlocking the North East Productivity Puzzle, the report outlines the current productivity challenges faced by the North East, explores the contribution of business birth rate and survival, and …

Defining the Next Chapter of Business Sustainability by David Grayson

David Grayson CBE is the Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management, the leading UK university for business sustainability, and Chairman of the Board at Carers UK. From co-founding PNE Group, an initiative to support individuals across the North East to enter self-employment, David Grayson has proven himself not only as a business …

Join the UK’s Biggest Search for Successful Women in Business

Join the country’s biggest ever search for successful women in business. The FL National Awards & Summit, of which PNE Group are proud to be a supporting partner, recognise the achievements of business women in the UK. They are dedicated to encouraging the growth of women with the National Awards & Summit being a national …

PNE Group Launch North East Management Skills Gap Report

PNE Group are pleased to announce the publication of our latest industry report, Unlocking the North East Productivity Puzzle: Are Managers the Solution?. The report explores the current productivity challenges the North East faces, demonstrating a correlation between the management skills gap faced by the region and the productivity of its SMEs, and providing recommendations …

How Start-ups can Change the Future of Energy

  Karen Bellis is the Head of International Programmes at PNE Group where she works across the globe to support enterprise programmes that help start-ups to launch, innovate, and grow. In June, Karen attended the Financial Times Energy Transition Strategies Summit which explored the latest trends and issues impacting the global energy industry, and where …

Dawn Cranswick: Exit Interview

  After 25 years with the Group, our Chief Executive, Dawn Cranswick is moving on to take up a new role as Chief Executive for Economic Development on the island of St Helena, where she will work closely with the Government and private sector to support the island’s economic transformation ambitions. Susan O’Bey, Chief Secretary …

Transparency and the Gender Pay Gap: What it Means for Organisations

In the run-up to new legislation, the gender pay gap has been at the forefront of discussions in business and of how organisations must work to close the gap as they scramble to report their figures. A recent report conducted by Sage, with supporting data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and the Annual …

Week in the Life: Work Experience at PNE Group

This week, fourteen year-old Robyn Leckey, a student from Walbottle Campus, did work experience with the PNE Group team. Robyn chose to undertake work with us because she was interested in the world of business and inspired by her Mum, Debbie Leckey, who helps PNE Enterprise to deliver business support to North East entrepreneurs.   …